The New York Police Department (NYPD) placed an order late last week for four Bell 429 light twins to replace the four AgustaWestland AW119 singles that it has flown since 2004. As of 2012, the department’s AW119 fleet had amassed 20,000 hours. The NYPD already operates three Bell 412EPs in various special missions, including counter-terrorism. Deliveries of the four new Bell 429s are expected to be completed next year. The NYPD air unit was founded in 1948 with one Bell 47.
Organization of the New York City Police Department
The New York Police Department took delivery of its fourth Bell 412 last month. The new ship will be used for counter-terrorism missions. NYPD Capt. James Coan said the city’s extensive air assets are “a force multiplier for patrol, gathering intelligence, counter-terrorism and the detective bureau.” The new 412 will be equipped with radiation-detection equipment that is effective from an altitude of 200 feet.